Mocrocks? Kalaloch? Who named these beaches?
Following more questions regarding Mocrocks and other local razor clam beaches, we looked into the locations further.
Despite a misconception that the Mocrocks area is named after a tribal region, Coastal Shellfish Manager Dan Ayres confirmed that the name has much simpler origins. He tells KXRO that a WDFW employee many years ago used the term to describe the region running from the Moclips River to the Copalis River as “Mocrocks” literally meaning Moclips-Copalis Rocks.
Ayres says that the Copalis Beach area for clam digging also gets confusion, as it also includes Ocean Shores. When the beach areas were originally named, Copalis Beach was the primary residential area. At that time, the area we know as Ocean Shores was used for cattle ranching before being sold for development in 1960.
Kalaloch is a name derived from a Quinault term meaning “a good place to land” as the site was one of the few safe landing sites for canoes along the coast.
Twin Harbors and Long Beach have names that are much more self explanatory. Twin Harbors covers beach area between Grays Harbor and Willapa Harbor, including Twin Harbors Beach State Park and Grayland. Long Beach covers the length of the Long Beach Peninsula.
Ayres told KXRO that over the years, the idea of changing some of the names have come up, including Copalis Beach to “Ocean Shores” or Mocrocks to “Iron Springs” or “Seabrook”, but the names have been set for so long, there doesn’t seem to be a reason.